Rail Tours Package India
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour by Train
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour by Rail
Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days
Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Rajgir -
Nalanda - Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Sravasti - Sahet &
Mahet - Lucknow - Delhi
Day 01 : Delhi
Welcome to Delhi, the capital of India. You will be received and
transferred to hotel. You have the remaining day to brace up for the
Day 02 : Delhi
Daylong sightseeing tour of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad) and New Delhi (Lutyen's
Delhi). The tour covers the rich monumental and cultural heritage that
the capital of India is proud of. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - Agra - Varanasi
Morning transfer to Railway Station to connect Train # 2002 Bhopal
Shatabdi Express dep. 06:00 hrs. arr. Agra at 07:55 hrs. Later leave for
sightseeing tour of Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and
Itamad-du-daula. Evening transfer to Railway Station to connect Train #
4854 / 4864 Marudhar Express dep. 21:15 hrs. Overnight on board. (Taj
Mahal is closed on Fridays)
Day 04 : Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi
Arrive Varanasi at 09:30 hrs. On arrival check-in at hotel and refresh
for a visit to Sarnath -the place where Lord Buddha preached his first
Sermon in 590 BC. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Varanasi, visiting Ghats,
Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Gyanvyapi Mosque, Durga Temple, Banaras Hindu
University, Ram Nagar, Fort and Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 : Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Early morning boat-ride on the River Ganges. Afternoon transfer to
Railway Station to connect Train # 3030 Doon Express dep. 16:25 hrs. arr
21:42 hrs. Overnight in hotel. Bodhgaya is one of the holiest Buddhist
pilgrimage centers in the state of Bihar. It was here that Gautama
attained enlightenment and became Buddha under the "Bodhi" tree
Satabodhi Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Bodhgaya
Full day visit to temples including Mahaparinirvana Temple in Bodhgaya.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 : Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna
Leave Bodhgaya for Patna (229 kms / 6-7 Hrs) en-route visiting Rajgir &
Nalanda. Patna is 2500 year old capital city of Bihar. Rajgir was
capital of 6th century Magadha Empire and was revered site of Buddha's
discourses. Buddha spent many years here. Nalanda is world's oldest
university founded in the 5th century. Overnight at hotel in Patna.
Day 08 : Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar
Morning leave Patna for Kushinagar (253 kms / 8 hrs) en-route visiting
Vaishali -located 60 kms from Patna and holds special significance for
Buddhist devotees. Kushinagar is the place where Buddha passed into
Maha-Parinirvana. Afternoon visit Kushinagar the various stupas and
temples. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 : Kushinagar - Lumbini - Sravasti
Leave Kushinagar by road for Lumbini (170 kms / 4-5 Hrs) - the
birthplace of Buddha and is located just a few kilometres inside Nepal.
Sightseeing tour of Lumbini and thereafter leave for Sravasti by road
(225 kms / 6 hrs). On arrival transfer to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 10 : Saravasti - Sahet & Mahet - Lucknow - Delhi
Morning visit to Sahet & Mahet -15 kms from Balrampur and the capital of
the ancient Kingdom of Kosala. Sravasti has the honour for sheltering
Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Vihar and has the famous
Anand Bodhi tree, age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several
temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. After
sightseeing leave for Lucknow by road (175 kms) and connect Train # 2557
Sampark Kranti Express dep. 22:55 hrs. Overnight on board.
Day 11 : Delhi - Onward destination
Arrive New Delhi at 07:35 hrs. Transfer to international airport for
flight to onward destination (Hotel Checkout 12:00 Hrs).